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Innovations in SDG Monitoring (and how to pay for it)

HLPF Side-Event

Wednesday 17 July 2019

12.30 - 14.30

Ford Center for Social Justice, 320 E 43rd Street, New York 


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reflects a unique global consensus and commitment to address the world’s most acute and pressing challenges. Four years after the SDGs were agreed, heads of state and government will return to the United Nations during high-level political forum week to assess progress and accelerate action.  

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and to leave no one behind, everyone in the world should be represented in data that can be used to measure progress and make decisions to improve people’s lives. But weak data systems and infrequent censuses means that much of the data by which implementation is measured is estimated. 

Investing in data must be considered an essential point of the implementation of Agenda 2030 – but data and statistics isn’t a subject that gets the donor community fired up. So how can the UN, Member States and other actors demonstrate emerging innovations in making people and places visible in the data, while encouraging urgent and coordinated action to pay for it? This event will frame these challenges and opportunities with tangible examples of SDG innovation from countries, small island states, UN agencies and regional bodies and non-profits. 

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Government of Ghana - Hon. Abena Osei Asare, Deputy Mimister for Finance
  • Government of UK – Amb. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary of the Department of International Development (DfID)
  • Government of Switzerland - Daniel Dubas, Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda
  • World Bank – Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships
  • Commonwealth Secretariat – Nabeel Goheer, Assistant Secretary-General
  • UN Economic Commission for Africa – Lilia Hachem Naas, Director of the ECA North Africa
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific - Katinka Weinberger, Head of Environment and Development Policy Section
  • Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre - Alexandra Bilak, Director
  • Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data – Claire Melamed, CEO


Space is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible here.